Self, Social Structure, and Beliefs: Explorations in Sociology

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Jeffrey C. Alexander, Gary T. Marx, Christine L. Williams
University of California Press, Sep 20, 2004 - History - 286 pages
"For nearly fifty years, Neil Smelser has been one of the world's most distinguished sociologists. His intellectual range is remarkable, and so too his influence over the discipline. The essays collected here are a fitting tribute precisely because they are intellectually rich, diverse, thought-provoking and unafraid of controversy. They offer commanding views of a dozen subfields, syntheses of important lines of work, and agendas for the future."—Craig Calhoun, President, Social Science Research Council

"If the legacy of scholars is measured by the work of their students, Neil Smelser has done very well indeed. The great range of topics covered in this volume is a testament to his sociological breath. This collection should be read for what it reveals about the many dimensions of an intellectual life well lived, as well as for what it teaches about the past and the present of our discipline."—Michele Lamont, co- author of Rethinking Comparative Cultural Sociology: Repertoires of Evaluation in France and the United States

"A brilliant collection of essays giving expression to the diversity and depth of Neil Smelser's scholarly and intellectual achievement. The authors show how Smelser's multidisciplinary synthesis represents a summary of the achievements of economics, psychology and sociology in the second half of the twentieth century."—Bryan S. Turner, author of The Body and Society
 

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Contents

Introduction
17
The Commodity Frontier
38
Introduction
77
Enlisting Smelsers Theory of Ambivalence to Maintain Progress
103
Circuits of Commerce
122
Trust as an Aspect of Social Structure
145
Introduction
191
Causal Reasoning Historical Logic
216
LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS
269
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Jeffrey C. Alexander is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Yale University and the author most recently of The Meanings of Social Life: A Cultural Sociology. Gary T. Marx is Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is the author of Undercover: Police Surveillance in America, among other works. Christine L. Williams is Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas, Austin, and author of Gender Differences at Work and Still a Man's World.

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